Koi Pond Design – Keep It Simple!

Koi Pond Design - Keep It Simple!
by John Stoner

Planning ahead can save you a lot of headaches. Planning out a Koi pond design is a big project even before you turn the first shovel of dirt. Save yourself time, effort and bucks by doing the right way.

Think about the shape of your pond. There will be many factors impacting the ultimate shape that you won’t be able to control. Things like landscaping, structures on the property, grade and slope of the land, etc. will have to be planned around. The result will be when you can visualize the actual layout. Use rope or garden hose to lay out several different patterns. Look at them from all angles. Don’t forget to view them from inside your house, form balconies and porches – anywhere you can see the pond.

Plan for the proper depth of your pond. Tree roots or rocks on the property can be a problem. Koi when grown will be big fish. They need room to swim vertically and laterally. Your pond should have a minimum depth of four feet and ideally closer to 6 – 8 feet deep. A deeper pond allows for better water temperature stabilization – cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

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With a larger pond you can obviously have more fish. The minimum size your koi pond design should have is 6 ft. by 9 ft. by 4 ft. deep. This will hold about 1600 gallons of water and provide adequate but minimum space for your Koi. In planning the true depth of the pond allow for about 6 in. from the water line to the top edge of the pond.

Keeping your Koi pond design simple is important. A simple design, while it may not look that spectacular on paper, will allow for better water circulation and filtration. You can always spruce up the design with landscape plantings. To keep your fish healthy and thriving you want o make sure the pond is kept clean and has the proper chemical balance. A simple design will make this a lot easier.

The best shape for a simple design is rectangular or oblong. A pond with this shape is easier to clean and maintain. This koi pond design more easily accommodates multiple drains and eliminates dead areas that have poor water circulation.

The location of your pond is everything. Poor location can mean les enjoyment of your pond and your fish. Think about it carefully. Make sure it is the focal point of your garden or backyard.

Consider these points in finding that perfect location. A pond in full sun will stimulate algae growth. Provide some shade for your pond. A pond located under a tree will collect debris. If not cleaned regularly this can cause the acidity to raise and become harmful. Large tree roots can crack cement ponds and pierce pond liners causing expensive repairs. Protect the pond from receiving large amounts of rain water runoff and make sure there are no plantings that will require the use of harmful insecticides close to it.

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